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Tsai Ming-Liang: In Dialogue with Time, Memory, and Self

April 10, 2020 – April 26, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

MoMA presents Tsai Ming-Liang: In Dialogue with Time, Memory, and Self (April 10–26, 2020), a full retrospective comprising 13 feature films and a selection of shorts. For close to three decades since his debut feature Rebels of the Neon God (1992), Tsai Ming-Liang (b. 1957) has built a contemplative body of work that ruminates on fundamental experiences of existence. Examining themes of solitude, alienation, and desire early in his career, and the passage of time, memory, and spirituality later on, Tsai observes life and, consequently, puts his inner self on display. A maverick who has stretched the limits of minimalism and cinematic stillness, Tsai’s celebrated work includes Vive l’amour (1994), The Hole (1998), Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003), and Stray Dogs (2013), and the North American premiere of Days (2020).

 

Organized by La Frances Hui, Associate Curator, Department of Film. Special thanks to Taipei Cultural Center.

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art. 

 

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Rebels of the Neon God. 1992. Taiwan. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Big World Pictures

Vive L’amour. 1994. Taiwan. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Central Motion Picture Corporation

The River. 1997. Taiwan. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Central Motion Picture Corporation

The Hole. 1998. Taiwan/France. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Taiwanese Film Institute.

What Time Is It There? 2001. Taiwan/France. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang.  Courtesy Homegreen Films

Goodbye, Dragon  Inn. 2003. Taiwan. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Homegreen Films

The Wayward Cloud. 2005. Taiwan/France. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Homegreen Films

I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone. 2006. Malaysia/Taiwan/France/China/Austria. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Homegreen Films

Face. 2009. Taiwan/France/Belgium/Netherlands. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Homegreen Films

Stray Dogs. 2013. Taiwan/France. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Homegreen Films

Your Face. 2018. Taiwan/France. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Homegreen Films

Days. 2020. Taiwan. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Courtesy Homegreen Films